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Gloria Irene Wick

August 11, 1952 - December 31, 2010


Gloria Irene Wick
Born on Aug. 11, 1952 in Victoria, BC – Died on Dec. 31, 2010 in Powell River, BC

Gloria was an artist, lover, daughter, sister, mother, master planner, wife and wild child all wrapped up in a woman whose love for her family, and sense of responsibility meant she would worry for and take care of any and all she thought needed. Gloria was born in Victoria, BC and grew up in a loving and beautiful home created by her father, Walter Wick and mother, Margery Wick (nee Buchan), along with sister, Patti Stockwell (nee Wick). Although Gloria did not receive formal post secondary education, she was a life- long learner in the accounting, administrative, and fine arts. She showed her work in several galleries, most recently at Artique in Powell River, and some of her favorite moments in life were spent with a paint brush in hand, looking out from her studio, listening to the birds, and painting sun kissed west coast scenes and skies. In her early twenties, Gloria lived in Victoria where she met and married a navy man, John Richard Thistle, and in 1975, Gloria gave birth to her daughter Patricia Marian Thistle. After separating from her husband and their subsequent divorce, Gloria went in search of a new beginning in a familiar setting and Gloria moved with Tricia to Nanaimo. Never one to shy from love, it always came to find her. In Gloria”s early forties, at the hands of her sister and the sister of her husband, Gloria was first introduced to Kenneth James Day, and the two began a deep and abiding friendship as pen pals. Ken and the rest of his family were quick to embrace Gloria as part of their family and so began the last 15 year love affair the two have shared together. Known for her laughter, love and exuberance for life Gloria found a great many kindred spirits along her journey. She lived in Victoria, Nanaimo, Portland, Vancouver and found her most recent community in Powell River, British Columbia. Gloria is predeceased by her mother Margery Irene Wick (nee Buchan). She is survived by her husband Ken Day; father, Walter Wick; daughter, ”Shone” Patricia Thistle and daughter-in-law Christine Lorraine Davey; stepdaughter, Jacquie Gillespie (nee Day) and son-in-law Chris Gillespie; Jenny Day and son-in-law Tom Komisarski, and Kristie Day and son-in-law Larry Renner; sister, Patti Stockwell (nee Wick) and brother in law Jim Stockwell; step-sister, Lisa Singer (nee Barton) and brother in law, Bill Singer and step-brother, Robert Barton; former stepsons, Tyler and Kyle, and grandchildren Andrew, Caroline, Luke and Jack, and a great many more whom she would call family. Gloria passed after a courageous battle with lung cancer. She lived as she died, fiercely independent, and filled with gratitude. In lieu of flowers to the family, it was Gloria”s wish that donations be made to either The Variety Club of British Columbia, the Christian Children Fund of Canada or any charity of your choice in her name.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, January 8, 2010 at 3:00 pm, at St. David and St. Paul”s in Powell River, British Columbia. Arrangements entrusted to Stubberfield Funeral Home Ltd, if you wish to express condolences, please visit funeral home website,


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From: Stubberfield Funeral Home Ltd. Staff

Stubberfield Funeral Home Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Suzanne Marion
Relation: worked together at BC Pension Corp

I had the pleasure of working in a few different areas of the Corporation with Gloria. Without a doubt, her mission was always to do a good job which she most certainly managed to. I remember how she was very supportive of Ken and always looked forward to the next time they would get together given the commutes they managed to sustain over the years. I loved her sense of humour and we always managed to share several laughs together… and the numerous conversations we shared about family, relationships and life in general. Gloria touched many hearts….she will always be remembered!!!
Ken – my deepest condolences to you and your family!
Much love

From: Nola M MacDonald
Relation: ArtiqueGallery friend

It saddened me to know Gloria lost her battle with cancer. I send my deepest condolences to her husband and family.
I only new Gloria for a short while,but she made a deep impression on me with her kindness and spirit of the joy of life.and her talents.
She will be missed.


From: Janet Forbes
Relation: school friend

My heart is heavy with the news that Gloria has passed away. I went to school with her in Victoria. Elementary & High School. She was a happy person & everyone’s friend. Our “girlfreind get togethers” & “school reunions” will be changed. I will always remember her with a smile when I think of her wonderful laugh.So glad that she had so much love in her life & peace from her painting. My sincere condolences.

From: Elizabeth (Day) Gibson
Relation: cousin

Dear Ken,

Our condolences to you and your family on Gloria’s passing.
Thinking of you.

Love, Cousin Liz xo

From: Armand Caillet
Relation: friend

Walter, So very sorry to hear of your sad news.If you are driving past Saltair we’re at 10591 Chemainus Rd. Please drop in and I’ll put the coffee on. Armand Caillet

From: john and colleen thistle
Relation: Patricia's father

It is with great sadness that we send our deepest condolences to Patricia and Ken and all of Gloria’s friends and family.
God speed Gloria
John and Colleen T

From: Kristie Day
Relation: Step-daughter



“When I was a small child, during the war, we were very poor and we lived in a remote village. One day, on the road, I found the broken pieces of a mirror. A German motorcycle had been wrecked in that place.

“I tried to find all the pieces and put them together, but it was not possible, so I kept only the largest piece. This one. And by scratching it on a stone I made it round. I began to play with it as a toy and became fascinated by the fact that I could reflect light into dark places where the sun would never shine — in deep holes and crevices and dark closets. It became a game for me to get light into the most inaccessible places I could find.

“I kept the little mirror, and as I went about my growing up, I would take it out in idle moments and continue the challenge of the game. As I became a man, I grew to understand that this was not just a child’s game but a metaphor for what I might do with my life. I came to understand that I am not the light or the source of light. But light — truth, understanding, knowledge — is there, and it will only shine in many dark places if I reflect it.

From: Kristie Day
Relation: Step-daughter


“I am a fragment of a mirror whose whole design and shape I do not know. Nevertheless, with what I have I can reflect light into the dark places of this world — into the black places in the hearts of men — and change some things in some people. Perhaps others may see and do likewise. This is what I am about. This is the meaning of my life.”
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Gloria Wick was one of these mirrors who brightened the lives of all she encountered with her warmth, generosity, creativity, and kindess of spirit. I love her and miss her, there will forever be a Gloria shaped hole in my Universe.

From: Margaret Rainville (Waller)
Relation: Childhood friend

I was very saddened to hear of Gloria’s passing.Over the years I have thought of her. We had many good times together when her mother would bring Gloria and Patty up form Victoria to our home in Port Alberni. She always had a smile on her face and could make you laugh over nothing. The world wll be a smaller place without her but her memory will live on in our thoughts and memories. My prayers and thoughts go out to to Patricia and Walt,Patty and the rest of her family may your memories be of happy fun filled times

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Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
January 8, 2011
Beginning at 3:00pm

St David & St Paul Anglican Church
6310 Sycamore Street
Powell River, BC Canada V8A4L1

6310 Sycamore Street
Powell River, BC Canada V8A4L1

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